A secretly-funded group of Radical Extremists want to change Nashville’s charter. They’re pushing a dangerous referendum that’s designed to dismantle Metro government, decimate critical services and stop our progress. We can’t let that happen.

If radical extremists get their way, our firefighters and first responders, nurses, public health and other essential workers could lose their jobs; teachers could lose pay; and the services our neighborhoods, businesses and most vulnerable residents rely on could face deep cuts. And without new investments, it will be harder for Nashville to fully recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.  

What does their dangerous referendum do?
While the radical extremists behind the referendum say it’s a “roll back” of property tax levels, it really cuts education, teacher pay, after-school programs and emotional support services, firefighters, and public health and safety. Everything from trash pick-up to response times for emergency services are in danger.

Imagine doing your family budget without any idea how much money you’ll have to pay the bills, buy groceries, go to the doctor, save for college or plan a vacation. That’s what would happen to Nashville’s budget if the referendum passes. Yearly property tax revenues that help fund the critical services that Nashville relies on for health and safety would more would be uncertain, unreliable or even unavailable.  

If even small property tax adjustments were forced onto a public referendum, and given the chance for multiple referendums a year, Nashville would be in a perpetual struggle for basic funding, and new investments would be jeopardized. 

Who is behind it? 
A group of Radical Extremists, funded by secretive, dark-money interests is behind this referendum. They’re trying to fool Nashville into believing that the referendum is good for everyday citizens, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Who does the tax referendum hurt?
This referendum hurts all Nashvillians. But it disproportionately threatens Nashville’s essential workers and economically disadvantaged citizens, including the elderly and underserved youth. If passed, teachers will lose pay. It could take longer for emergency services like firefighters and police to get to you when you need them. Essential workers could be laid off. There would be less access to health care and public health services. Across the city, access to public libraries, parks, recreation centers, public transportation and other community services and programs could face reductions. New investments in affordable housing, teacher pay, emergency services, police stations and schools could be delayed, or disappear altogether.

What’s at stake for our first responders and emergency personnel?
Like other Metro agencies, they’ll be left to make do with a lot less. Funding for fire fighters, 911 operators, police, and emergency and first responders would be slashed. And additional fire fighters and emergency personnel won’t be hired. Plans for new police or fire stations would be delayed or shelved completely. 

So, what about public safety and emergency services for neighborhoods?
This referendum would make Nashville less safe. Police, fire and emergency service reductions could hurt the most in neighborhoods where safety and long emergency response times are already a big concern, in places like Antioch and Bellevue. New police precincts like the ones promised for Southeast Nashville wouldn’t be funded. Fewer public safety officers and other staff reductions could mean crime and fatality rates are likely to increase. 

What’s at stake for Nashville public schools, teachers and students?
Metro Nashville Public Schools, which have already faced huge challenges and increased operational costs because of COVID-19, could face more funding cuts. Teachers would be left underpaid, under-resourced and without opportunities for professional development. Class size would increase and students would suffer. New schools may not get built, including the one in Bellevue. Other programs that serve students and their families could face the chopping block. This includes counseling and social work services, sports and extracurriculars. 

What’s at stake for public health and access to health services?
If this referendum passes, Metro could have no other choice than to make cuts to health care services that helped us fight COVID-19. Our city’s only safety net hospital, Nashville General, could face deep funding reductions.

What’s at stake for our neighborhoods?
Neighborhoods that already lack critical access to city services and health care could be further hurt. Weekly garbage collection could be disrupted. Recycling pick-ups won’t expand or could cease. Funding to maintain and invest in parks, community centers and green spaces would be neglected due to a lack of funding. Access to public transportation will decrease. Same with investment in new affordable housing. Neighborhoods that have been promised new police precincts and schools will not get them. 

What’s at stake for our economic recovery?
As the city has grown, Metro tax collections have fallen short of the fast-growing demand for city services. This referendum will hamper our economic recovery from the pandemic and will cripple Metro’s ability to serve its citizens for decades to come.

Who benefits if the referendum passes?
In short, nobody wins. But radical extremists who want to disrupt Nashville and stop our progress will get their way.